Support to live life - Day Opportunities
As part of Life Path Trust’s approach, we work with people with learning disabilities to maximise their potential and live the life they want to lead. This involves choices about leisure time, activities, following interests, developing hobbies, participating in the local community, learning to be safe and maintaining well-being. This service connects people in the community to access other groups.
So, what kind of activities do you organise?
We organise lots of activities, courses and social groups. Our approach is always person-centred with staff supporting individuals to identify what they would like to do in the community and linking up with others with the same interest on a day by day basis.
In our centres we organise many activities including cooking lessons, self-advocacy, games, music, arts and crafts, drama and so on. With staff support, small groups of people share activities in the community such as cinema and live shows. We also visit places of interest, do some outdoor activities like bowling and sessions at the gym but also visit local cafes and pubs.
Where do you organise these Day Opportunities?
We have three locations in Coventry and Oxfordshire:
In Coventry, our community base centre is located in…
Henry Fry Community Centre
It is open from 9am to 3:30 pm. We organise 4-6 different activities per day. The people decide the activities they want to do. The activities change every 6-8 weeks. They can vary from art & craft, zumba, drama, cinema, pets therapy, swimming (in summer), life skills activities (understanding money, budgeting, safety sessions…). Some activities require more resources or external facilitators than others, so we might charge for some of the activities.
In Oxfordshire, our day centres are located in…
• Albion in Chipping Norton
• Blackbird Leys in Oxford
The Albion Centre in Chipping Norton is right near the centre of town. It is a great place for the citizens as there are lots of different rooms and it has been there for many years. They have a main room for arts and crafts, meals and music time but also there is a large workshop where citizens restore furniture. There is also a wood kindling business run from the basement at the Albion for local people to buy kindling and logs for their wood burning stoves. This is organized by a citizen who works with a local garden centre. Many citizens enjoy sewing and embroidery and have produced a range of beautiful items including scarves, cushions and also jewellery. These are all sold on site and during special events which we sometimes attend.
In Oxford, our day opportunities are located at both the Blackbird Leys Community Centre (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) and at The Barn (Mondays & Wednesdays) where the Citizens go for Zumba and for cookery (not at the same time!).
Both centres are open from 9am to 3:30 pm. We organise 4 different activities per day. The people decide the activities they want to do. They can vary from arts & crafts, games (Bingo), drama, going to the gym, cinema, bowling, swimming, going to the pub, shopping and life skills activities (understanding money, budgeting, safety sessions). Some activities require more resources or external facilitators so we might also charge for some of these activities.
Can people choose the activity they want to do?
Yes! There are always several activities organised the same day. Every month our participants meet and tell us what they liked and what they didn’t. They also choose and ask for any changes for the following month.
How much is it and do you provide meals?
We don’t provide food, so we encourage people to bring their own packed lunch unless they are doing cooking class. There is a small fee for some activities. It covers the staff costs but these are set costs and you may get help with this.
When you are going to outdoor activities you will need to pay for travel and transport costs.
How to access this service?
Contact us directly. If you are interested, please send us an email or fill in the enquiry form below.
If you are in Coventry, you can contact Louise Fellows - our Community Manager directly on 02476 547817
If you are in Oxfordshire, you can contact Kerry Carr - our Locality Manager directly on 07815 584286